Originally Posted by Ems1
Im curious as to what weights you actually think horses can carry!!
Im not out to start a b1tch fight Im pureley curious.
Does a western saddle distribute weight differently to an english? How do you get on? How would you say your horse would tell you enough?
How much weight a horse can carry is dependent on every individual horse. Some factors that help horses carry more weight are:
- good confirmation
- short back
- strong thick legs
- good bone
- good feet
- overall good condition / fitness
Of course then there's the riders balance and fitness. The same horse could carry a 200lbs rider who has good balance and seat better than it could carry a 150lbs rider who has no balance and bounces around on their backs. Also duration and pace of rides come into account as well.
I am pretty sure english saddles distribute weight differently than western. You could do a google search or search the forum and I am sure people have discussed this before.
I get on by using a mounting block, then putting my foot in the stirrup and swinging my other leg over. Just like anyone else might.
Sometimes you can just tell, for example I would never even try to get on a horse with a long back. That's just asking for trouble. But for actual riding, if your horse braces itself and groans when you get on, then that horse is not a suitable match for you. If the horse flicks its head around for you and not other riders than it is most likely uncomfortable. I assume a horse would tell you just like any other horse would when its in pain. Through body language.